Raiders appoint Champ Kelly as assistant general manager

HENDERSON, Nev. –Anthony “Champ” Kelly has been named assistant general manager of the Las Vegas Raiders, the club announced Wednesday. Kelly joins general manager Dave Ziegler’s team for his first season with the Silver and Black after seven seasons with the Chicago Bears.

Kelly most recently served as Chicago’s assistant director of player personnel from 2017-21 after spending two seasons as the Bears’ director of professional scouting. Kelly worked in conjunction with the Bears director of player personnel and director of college scouting to lead both the Bears’ professional staff and college scouting departments.

As Director of Professional Scouting for the Bears, Kelly oversaw all professional player evaluations, the advanced scouting process, free agency, and evaluated talent in all professional leagues, including the Canadian Football League and the League. arena football. Additionally, Kelly assists college scouting staff with player evaluations and trades for the NFL Draft.

Prior to joining the Bears, Kelly spent eight seasons with the Denver Broncos (2007-14), the last five of which as assistant manager of professional personnel. He originally joined the Broncos in 2007 and served as a college scout in the Northeast region (2007) and assistant coordinator of pro and college scouting (2008-09).

During Kelly’s five seasons as the Broncos’ assistant director of professional personnel, the Broncos won four AFC West Division titles (2011-14). Additionally, during his tenure as assistant director of professional personnel, the Broncos signed eight veteran free agents who went on to make the Pro Bowl, including two players – guard Louis Vasquez (2013) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (2014) – who earned their first career Pro Bowl selections after arriving in Denver.

Prior to entering the NFL, Kelly was a Certified NFL Contract Advisor and General Manager/Wide Receiver Coach for the Lexington Horsemen of United Indoor Football (UIF). Under Kelly’s leadership, the Horsemen won United Bowl III.

A native of Campbellton, Florida, Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Kentucky and received a master’s degree in business administration in 2003. He played wide receiver and defensive back at the University of Kentucky from 1998 to 2001 He continued his playing career in the UIF, playing with the Horsemen from 2003 to 2006. Kelly was a star defensively and was a two-time UIF All-Star Team member. During his final season with the Horsemen in 2006, Kelly received the UIF Man of the Year award in recognition of his leadership both on the field and in the community.

In addition to Kelly’s football background, he has also worked in corporate America for a Fortune 100 company, IBM. Kelly worked for IBM in Lexington, Ky., from May 2002 to July 2005 as a software/quality engineer.

Kelly and his wife, Stephanie, have three daughters, Claire Alaina, Chloe Grace and Caroline Elise. The Kelly family is also active in the community and founded a non-profit company, Heart Power, which has organized youth programs in Colorado, Florida and Kentucky.

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